The St. Louis Rams hiring of Jeff Fisher has now rubbed two other NFL teams the wrong way. First, it was the Dolphins getting spurned in hiring the coach, and now the Cleveland Browns are sounding a little miffed for the Robert Griffin III trade. Browns president Mike Holmgren insinuated on Thursday that the Browns never had a chance to trade with the Rams because of Fisher's relationship with Mike Shanahan.
It sounds more like damage control from the Browns.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Holmgren said the Browns made an offer on par with Washington's. It was, in the words of Holmgren, "every bit the offer that was chosen."
The Browns' team president explained further.
"Not sure any offer we made was going to be quite good enough. ... rest assured we were aggressively involved in that."
Recent reports have suggested that Washington's offer topped Cleveland's because of their willingness to throw in their second-round pick in 2012.
Cabot's report also said that the Browns would hesitate to trade down from the fourth spot. If the team is as committed to Colt McCoy as Holmgren sounded, they could draft a receiver. Peter King suggested on Thursday morning that Cleveland could consider Ryan Tannehill with the fourth pick, which would be very beneficial to the Rams who draft in the sixth spot.